Edmund Stone was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England in 1879 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of William Stone (1845-1909) and Agnes Mary Jane Stone (1) (1844-1929). His father was from Hordle, Hampshire and his mother from Wimborne, Dorset and they were married in London in 1868.
Edmund had at last six siblings: Agnes Mary (b. 1870), William (b. 1872), John (b. 1873), James (b. 1876), Albert Charles (b. 1881) and Joseph Medway (b. 1883).
William first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family were living at 7 Brintons Terrace, Southampton and his father was described as a railway porter. On the 1891 census the family are living at 85 Morland Place. Edmund is absent from the 1901 census but his parents and youngest sibling are resident at 125 Bar Street, All Saints, Southampton, his father now listed as a railway inspector.
Edmund was married in Winchester, Hampshire in late-1908 to Elizabeth Agnes Seeley (b. 1881 in Micheldever, Hampshire, England). Together they would have one child, a daughter named Gertrude May (b. 1910).
On the 1911 census Edmund and his family are residing at 62 Sussex Terrace, Winchester, Hampshire and he was described as a mariner.
When Edmund signed on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 105 St Andrews Road, Southampton, Hampshire and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a bedroom steward he could expect to earn monthly wages of £3 15s.
Edmund Stone was lost in the sinking. His body (#41) was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at sea on 21 April 1912. His wife was notified of this; "..... Advise you that the body of your husband has been identified and buried at sea, the condition of the body unfortunately not permitting its removal to Halifax for burial." Several of his possessions, including a set of keys for Titanic's first class cabins E1-E42, a pencil, a steward's receipt, a letter to his wife and his watch--with its hands frozen at 2.16 am--were returned to his family. These possessions, including the canvas bag that they were contained in for return to his widow, were auctioned in 2008 and raised £235,000. The further whereabouts of Edmund's widow and child are uncertain.
Edmund is remembered on his parent's headstone in the Old Cemetery, Southampton.
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- Agnes Stone's maiden name was also Stone
References and SourcesWhite Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett"
The Telegraph, April 11, 2009